Water Backswimmer "Notonectids"
(True Bug)

My Home: I am often confused with the Water Boatmen
insect, however I can give a stinging painful bite.
The easiest way to tell us apart is I swim on my
back (upside down). I am found in freshwater ponds,
slow moving streams, lakes that have aquatic plants
that I can cling to.

What I eat: I eat other insects, small fish, and even
tadpoles. I have tube shaped piercing  mouth parts.  I use
my short front legs to grab and attack my prey with a
stinging bite. I use my saliva to dissolve my food so I can
suck it through my tube shaped mouth parts.

What I look like: My body is dark, and less than 1/2".
My back is oval shaped much like a boat hull, which
enables me to swim on my back. I have 6 legs; 2 short
front legs and my back legs are long. I carry my air
supply with me as a small bubble in my shell. I have
wings and fly at night because I am attracted to artificial
light.

How I am born: I go through three stages of development: egg,
nymph and adult. My egg is usually attached to underwater plants.
I hatch into a nymph and will molt to reach my adult form receiving my wings
in the last molt. It takes me around 6 weeks to go from egg to adult.  I can
live up to a year and even under ice as long as there is food to eat and air bubbles to breath.

Fun Facts
Male backswimmers make a sound
under water, much like a cricket, to attract female backswimmers. There are about 400 species of water backswimmers in the world.